Bee Roots for 2022-07-11

The table provides clues for the roots of words in today's NY Times Spelling Bee. You're responsible for prefixes, suffixes, tense changes, plurals, doubling consonants before suffixes, and alternate spellings of roots. An exception: since Sam won't allow S, when the root contains an S, the clue may be for a plural or suffixed form. "Mice" for example. If a clue isn't self-explanatory, try googling it. The TL;DR about the site comes after the table.

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Today's puzzle
  • Letters: O/AFINTX
  • Words: 31
  • Points: 155
  • Pangrams: 1
Source: © User:Colin / Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 3.0

Table content

  • with first two letters of answer and length
root #answers coveredanswer's first two lettersanswer's lengthclue for root (answer may need prefix, suffix, tense change, alt spelling, ...)
11AF5In progress (Sherlock Holmes “The game’s …”)
31AN4Soon, poetically
151AN5Atom or molecule with a net electric charge
21AN6Ceremonially smear someone with oil, or designate as a successor
41AN6Medical term for extreme element O starvation; a complete lack of O
51AN9Substance that counteracts a poison or infection
201AN10Write something, for example music, in a specialized system
61AX4Long threadlike part of a nerve cell along which impulses are conducted from the cell body to other cells
71FI6“Done” in Italian
81FI8Attach obsessively
91FO4Type face; in some churches, it holds water for baptism
111FO4What you cover with a sock
101FO7Italian semi-soft cheese; starts with “typeface” synonym
121IN4Collection of facts and tips, abbr.
141IN4Enter (go … the room), preposition
131IN10Cause to begin, or admit into a secret society; verb; or novice, noun
271IN10Character of sound, a sound (dial or ring-); noun; give greater strength or firmness to a body or a muscle; verb
161IO49th Greek letter, I; or extremely small amount
171NA6Country, or temperance activist Carrie
191NO412:00, midday, 🕛
181NO6Skim, adj. (… milk)
211NO6Vague idea, or small sewing accessory
201NO8Write something, for example music, in a specialized system
231ON4Preposition when mounting an animal or boarding a large vehicle
221ON5Veg that makes you cry when cut (for some, this is the "dreaded root veg")
261TA5Group of any rank, such as a species, family, or class (biology)
241TA6Skin “ink”
251TA8Compulsory contribution to state revenue, noun/verb
281TO4Animated film or character, slang abbr. (car-…)
291TO4Short horn sound; noun/verb
301TO5Poison (neuro-…), noun

About this site

This site provides clues for a day's New York Times Spelling Bee puzzle. It exists to make it easier for Kevin Davis to take a day off. Most of the clues come from him. There may be some startup problems, but long term I think I can put the clues together with no more than half an hour's work.

The "Bee Roots" approach is to provide explicit clues for root words, not every word. This is similar to what Kevin Davis does, but without information about parts of speech As logophiles, we are pretty good at putting on prefixes and suffixes, changing tense, and forming plurals (including Latin plurals!). The clues cover root words, arranged alphabetically by root word, with a count of words in the puzzle that come from each root. For example, if a puzzle includes ROAM and ROAMING, there will be a clue for ROAM and a count of 2. The root may not appear in the puzzle at all; for example, the 2021-07-23 Bee included ICED, DEICE, and DEICED. For such a puzzle, the clue would be for ICE with a word count of 3.

The Bee Roots approach involves judgement sometimes. For example, if a puzzle includes LOVE, LOVED, and LOVELY, how many roots are needed to cover them? LOVE and LOVED share the root LOVE, certainly, but LOVELY is tricky. LOVE is part of its etymology, but by now, the word means "exquisitely beautiful," which is a lot farther from the meaning of LOVE than swithcing to past tense. I'm inclined to treat LOVE and LOVELY as separate roots. You may not agree, which is fine. Another thing we logophiles share is a LOVE of arguing about words on Twitter.

One last complication, until another one pops up: a few roots have multiple spellings, for example LOLLYGAG and LALLYGAG. Depending on the day's letters, and maybe even the editor's whims, one or both could be in the puzzle's answer list. With such roots, you could see a word count of 2, even if there are no applicable prefixes or suffixes.

I will do my best to keep this site up to date and helpful (I hope). Check it out, and tweet feedback to @donswartwout Tweet to @donswartwout

Many thanks to Kevin Davis, whose 4,500-word clue list made this possible.